Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bicycle Access to buildings in NYC

This past August 13th, Mayor Bloomberg signed Intro 871a into law. This law requires buildings with freight elevators to allow bicycles in. It takes effect 120 days after signing. Another useful law signed the same day is the bicycle parking law Intro 780-A which requires parking garages of over 100 spaces to include bicycle parking as well as that for automobiles. It takes effect 90 days after signing.

I inquired at work about any plans for these laws. None is contemplated despite that our building has freight elevators and contains a parking garage for over 100 vehicles. I'm pushing on them just a little now; we'll see how that goes. The facilities director had never heard of either of these measures despite NY Times coverage but when I requested him to do so, he made inquiries.

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